Greater Newark Conservancy


32 Prince St.
Newark, NJ 07103
County: Essex


Ms. Robin L. Dougherty

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To improve the quality of life in New Jersey's urban communities Greater Newark Conservancy promotes environmental stewardship. Our focus is primarily directed toward the City of Newark and immediately surrounding environs. We accomplish this mission through implementation of our Education, Community Greening, Environmental Justice and Job Training programs. Ongoing support is sought from the Dodge Foundation to help us continue to implement and expand these vital programs for our constituents.

Organization Background

Founded in 1987, Greater Newark Conservancy is a private, non-profit environmental and horticultural agency whose mission is to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey's urban communities. Our focus is primarily directed toward the City of Newark and immediately surrounding environs. We strive to achieve our mission through the following four inter-connected programs: Education, Community Greening, Job Training and Environmental Justice. Most of the people we serve are low-income, disadvantaged African-Americans and Latinos.

Our Community Greening Program, launched in 1988, works with families and businesses throughout Newark to improve neighborhoods with community gardens, urban farms and street-side plantings. Our Education Program, established in 1989, has expanded across Newark and the surrounding region bringing interdisciplinary, hands-on environmental curricula to approximately 40 Newark schools and nearby school districts through field trips, Reverse Field Trips, Living Laboratories, and other programs. Our Job Training Program, founded in 1999, works with Newark high school youth, providing them with an introduction to the world of work. In 2009 the Conservancy launched a Newark Prisoner Re-Entry Program (now known as Clean & Green Job Training Initiative), providing transitional job training to 250 ex-offenders. In just over four years the program has served over 600 individuals. Our Environmental Justice Program, founded in 1999, has largely focused on the Newark master planning process and other environmental issues.

Robin Dougherty has been Executive Director of the Conservancy since 2000. In her capacity at the Conservancy, she is a board member of the Newark Workforce Investment Board. She is a former board member of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, a founding member and former two-term President of the Board of Trustees of EarthShare New Jersey, is a Leadership New Jersey Graduate-Class of 2004, and a 2007 Gustav Henningburg Fellow.

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